Northern Ireland has a new horticultural voice!
Armed with a passion for horticulture and a deep concern for the environment, three part-time Greenmount College (CAFRE) FdSc Horticulture students, decided to try to do something meaningful that would address the situation on a local basis whilst brining like-minded people together.
Belfast’s new community-led horticulture co-operative formed in early 2020 with a view to making horticulture accessible to all. This will be achieved through connection, support and input to educate, promote wellbeing and grow our knowledge together. News spot for local research, connecting horticulture and interest groups, education, allotment owners, general resource and go-to for placement of horticulture jobs. Gardening to bring about positive change.
We strive to change the relationship that people have with the food chain and to promote pollinator-friendly, sustainable and ethical gardening.
Good to Grow was selected as one of Belfast City Council’s ten social enterprises in their Projects that Matter campaign. This led to a Council match funding Crowdfunder, which raised £5000. With additional business mentoring and a support package the Get Ready to Grow Programme, delivered by the Co-operative Foundation the venture is already off to a great start.
The Co-operative hopes to bridge the gap, building local knowledge, creativity, and horticulture at grass roots level, while becoming a veritable hive of activity for all its members.